Board to hear complaint Thursday against home care company over single-site staffing rule – Edmonton Journal

Board to hear complaint Thursday against home care company over single-site staffing rule – Edmonton Journal

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Neither Buick nor McMillan offered specifics on which facilities are unable to comply with the rule.

For Slade, the labour dispute is just one symptom of what is wrong with Alberta’s continuing care system, a patchwork of private, mostly for-profit, operators that each have their own rules and agendas.

Slade said the case makes the argument for bringing all continuing care, including home care, into the public health-care system and pointed out that COVID-19 has presented extra challenges for workers, from PPE requirements to extra sanitation during every procedure and even shifting from shared dining rooms to serving meals in private rooms.

“It takes a very special person to look after your loved one, day in and day out, and they really haven’t been respected to the level that they should,” she said.

According to an Angus Reid survey released Monday, 66 per cent of Canadians say the federal government should take over long-term care facilities in order to increase the health and safety outcomes for people requiring long-term care.

lijohnson@postmedia.com

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